FLETC?!? Here are a few comments from others concerning the FLETC.
"If you don’t train with your equipment, you will eventually fail to operate it properly. I understand the concerns involved with this particular holster, but for months I have used a serpa and several of my fellow handgun users have as well. We have yet to have a ND. I would put this in the same category with the grabbers blaming the equipment, not the user."
"Judging from how run of the mill law enforcement generally (mis)handles their firearms in spite of trigger safeties and heavy trigger pulls, perhaps this says more about the unwillingness of the public establishment to train their members in proper gun handling than anything negative about a gun accessory that does exactly what it is designed to do.
This statement will ruffle feathers, but I am of the opinion that law enforcement gun training policy is decidedly NOT the standard to set for anyone truly interested in being expert at handling a firearm.
Remember;these law enforcement recruits that the FLETC are so afraid will shoot themselves are the folks who will be responding to your defensive gun use crisis of tomorrow!"
"Most cops are NOT gun people and instructors know that. Most will never draw their handguns and most will only shoot the department-mandated qualification courses."
"Since when does the serpa encourage finger curling? Keeping your finger flat and extended is not that difficult. If federal law enforcement can’t teach muscle memory maybe they need to find a new career field."
"I’ve used Serpa holsters for years. First in the Military then for my personal firearms. Not once during qualifications or general practice did my finger land on the trigger. I’ve used Serpa’s for 1911s, HK 45, XD (XDm), and M&P with no problems. I’m a bit puzzled to why there have been NDs with people using them."
"The issue is the SERPA isn’t a beginners holster. People without practice with them pick them up and then hit the release like you would press a button. This action can cause your finger to press straight into to the trigger guard. If you use it properly, your finger lays on the side of the holster and hits the release with the finger indexed like it would be on the frame of your pistol. That way when you draw, your trigger finger is on the frame of the pistol immediately, not poking into the trigger guard like you’re ready to fire."
"Crawl, walk, run. There are still trades and activities where you shouldn’t try to go out of order. Anyone can buy a gun, ammo, holster, and learn how to use them from YouTube, but it doesn’t mean they’re “trained.”
Hook the trigger drawing from ANY holster and you’ll punch a hole in yourself."
"The hatred for the SERPA system is more of a reflection on what a barely-trained civilian public can do with an Internet connection more so than it is a deserved excoriation of substandard kit.
There are tens of thousands of SERPAs out in the world being used every day and literally tens of situations where someone went all Grebner on their thigh meat – every one of those being caused through misuse of the system.
Guess what – some firearms products require training, diligence, and professional mindset. Hell, MOST of them do.
Unless you’ve worked as a range officer full-time or spent a major amount of time behind a gun counter (not in front of it), you’ll never truly see just how often Cooper’s Rules are rectally violated on a regular basis.
Let’s be clear – the SERPA’s main retention device is NOT intended to be “pushed” – it’s designed to release when your trigger finger is properly indexed to the firearm.
CAN you release the lock by poking your fingertip at it? Yep. Can you shoot yourself by screwing up with ANY holster? Yep.
…just like every “special” guy or gal at the range who picks up a gun and finger the trigger or grabs a phalanges full of bang switch at the gun store (usually pointing at the salesman’s crotch).
Schools are banning it because there is a HUGE group of shooters buying Tacticool gear they see on TV and thinking they know how it works with little or no training. Then, when they foul up or rush things, it instantly becomes the equipment’s fault."
There are many more comments, but I've used too much space here already.
You say, "it's cheap crap made in Vietnam". How long have you used the BH SERPA holster? No? You heard it from a guy who heard it from a guy...
But... BH has, "piss poor customer service", because you wore out one backpack and they wouldn't fix it for you?
Edited by Raven_Actual, Feb. 28 2015 - 10:36 AM.